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31 Charlotte-area teams advance to state’s Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind tests problem-solving skills for students from kindergarten through college.
Odyssey of the Mind tests problem-solving skills for students from kindergarten through college. jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com

The state finals for the scholastic competition known as Odyssey of the Mind will convene April 2 with 31 teams from the Central region that includes Charlotte.

The teams that will compete at Wingate University represent 19 schools, including these from the Charlotte area: Arborbrook Christian Academy, Ardrey Kell High, Charlotte Christian, Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Latin, Community House Middle, Cornelius Elementary, Elizabeth Traditional, Elon Park Elementary, Full Circle Academy, Kensington Elementary, Lincoln Charter, Myers Park High, Old Providence Elementary, Providence High, Randolph Middle, South Mecklenburg High, St. Matthew Catholic and Trinity Episcopal.

Other teams that made it to the state final will represent Rotary Club of Concord and The Climb.

Odyssey of the Mind tests problem-solving skills for students from kindergarten through college. The problems range from building mechanical devices to interpreting literary classics. The students’ solutions are tested in competition at the local, regional and world levels.

The problems for this year’s teams include “No-Cycle Recycle” (building a vehicle that travels without pedaling for propulsion), as well as “Something Fishy” (design and operate a technical solution that simulates multiple styles of fishing).

A third category is called “Classics … Aesop Gone Viral” (an original performance about a fable gone “viral”).

Teams compete in divisions that are based on grade level: Division I is elementary school, Division II is middle school, Division III is high school and Division IV is college.

Regardless of division, each team must select a problem from a group of problems presented by Odyssey of the Mind officials.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

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